New Zealand Golf has announced an exciting squad to contest the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in 2013.


The boy’s squad consists of Jason Yoo (Waitikiri), Compton Pikari (Te Awamutu), Sean Masters (Kaitaia), Nick Coxon (Narrows) and Kadin Neho (Whangarei) while the girl’s squad is Wenyung Keh (Titirangi), Te Rongopai Clay (Titahi Bay), Lita Guo (North Shore), Tyla Kingi (Opotiki) and Laura Hoskin (Arrowtown).


Nine teams of the best age group golfers from around the world will compete at the Twin Creeks Golf Club from January 17 – 20.


The invited nations include Argentina, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, China, Great Britain, Chinese- Taipei and hosts Australia.


The event format will include competitions for men’s individual, women’s individual and a team event (two men and two women) in 72 holes of Stroke Play.


Golfers must be under the age of 18 at 17 January 2013 and there is a handicap limit of 3.4 for the men and 6.4 for the women at the time of entry.


There will be a maximum of 90 golfers playing in the event with a limit of 10 golfers per team (five men and five women).


The tournament, which is run by Golf Australia and the Australian Olympic Committee, sees golf return into the stable of Olympic sports for the first time since 1904.


Golf was an Olympic sport in only two Games – 1900 and 1904 – and in 2009, the International Olympic Committee decided to reinstate the sport for the 2016 Summer Olympics.


“Seeing golf back at the Olympics is a very exciting time for the sport,” said Gregg Thorpe, the New Zealand Golf High Performance Manager.


“The Australian Youth Olympic Festival is a great opportunity for our young golfers to get a taste of what competing at the Olympics would be like.


“It is a great initiative from the Australian Olympic Committee and it provides an opportunity to introduce New Zealand’s emerging talent to international competition.


“New Zealand Golf believes that golf being reinstated in the Olympic movement has the potential to raise the profile of the sport in New Zealand. It will be a big motivator for young people to take up the game.”





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